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New Sanef Executive Director

1 April 2014

Sanef is pleased to announce that Mathatha Tsedu has been appointed its Executive Director from today. The appointment is a result of a secondment deal between Sanef and Media24, who are Tsedu’s employers.  During his tenure Mathatha will report to Sanef’s management committee. The appointment is for at least a year.

Tsedu is a former chairperson of Sanef and the continental body of editors, The African Editors Forum. He has held top positions in a number of publications and broadcast media.

He serves on a number of boards including the African Media Initiative (AMI) and the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (CASAC). He was also part of the task group on government communications that resulted in the formation of GCIS.

Mathatha was also the project director for the Press Freedom Commission, the industry body chaired by the late chief justice Pius Langa, that investigated press regulation in South Africa and introduced a new system of “independent co-regulation” from January 1 last year.

Sanef also wishes to thank Elizabeth Barratt for the key role she played as acting executive director and helping to strengthen the organisation’s administration over the past few months.